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Wat Chaiwattanarm

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Address: Ayutthaya, Thailand
Description: Considered one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, this...
Considered one of the most imposing ancient Buddhist monasteries, this religious site was established by King Prasatthong in 1630 A.D. in homage to his mother.
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Although we were mobbed as it was Chinese new year, we still enjoyed a memorable sunset here. It's not so far out of the way and I'd recommend making the trip. I hear you can... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Although we were mobbed as it was Chinese new year, we still enjoyed a memorable sunset here. It's not so far out of the way and I'd recommend making the trip. I hear you can travel back via the river which would be lovely (depending on the location of your accom.) but we couldn't figure it out at the time.... More 

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George Town, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The site is majestic, without doubt the most impressive of all the Ayutthaya monasteries and temples. It is on the south side of the Chao Phraya river, quite a treck with a bike in the heat of the midday sun but there are other ways of getting there... like hiring a tuk tuk of course. The cycle was worth it... More 

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Catania, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The ruins of old Ayutthaya look all pretty much the same, I will give you that. But Wat Chaiwattanarm was by far my favourite. It is a big complex, and it really has a lovely flavor during sunset. Take a tuk tuk since it is outside of Ayutthaya's island.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

We stopped by this temple complex for about an hour. Very nicely restored. Lots to see. We went towards sunset when the temple was lit up with early evening light....beautiful. Make sure you see the Buddha head that is surrounded by tree roots - a great photo op. Well worth the time. Make sure you stop and visit.

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Stockton on Tees
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

This superbly preserved wat (temple) by the side of the river is in the Cambodian style which contrasts significantly with the majority of other such buildings in Thailand. It is a sizeable site with the best part of an hour being needed to fully appreciate its beauty. On the other side of the river are 2 royal houses which I... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My favorite of all the temples in Ayutthaya! It's on the river across from the Queen's home. The best time to go is just before sunset to get the best views and photos. I assume sunrise is nice too, but I've not been there that early.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This is an absolutely incredible Wat to visit. We arrived exactly at sunset by boat tour. It was a total highlight of our trip. From the water, the sun was behind the temple and stupas. It could not have been more beautiful at that magic hour. I highly recommend visiting by boat around 5:45pm.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

In a lovely setting by the river with a modern Royal Palace across the river, and with features similar to the Angkor temples in Cambodia, this temple was much more intact than the other buildings we visited in Ayutthaya, so a much more enjoyable place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Ayuthhaya is the Asian Rome..this location is one of the grandest ruins which embodies Buddhist philosophy and Architecture to its core. Take a break from high octane Bangkok and spend some time in the tranquility of Ayuthhaya...

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India
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Brilliant place to visit when in Ayutthaya... should not leave without visiitng here. If you havent been to Cambodia toi Anghkor Wat then you will enjoy this. It was copied from Angkor Wat.

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